Elena Grosheva

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Elena Grosheva
— Gymnast  —
Full name Elena Nikolayevna Grosheva
Alternative name(s) Yelena
Country represented  Russia
Born (1979-04-12) April 12, 1979 (age 40)
Yaroslavl, Russian SSR
Discipline Women's artistic gymnastics
Gym Round Lake

Yelena Nikolayevna Grosheva (Russian: Елена Николаевна Грошева; born April 12, 1979) is a Russian former competitive gymnast. She won silver in the team event at the 1996 Summer Olympics and two team medals at the World Championships.

Personal life

Grosheva was born on April 12, 1979 in Yaroslavl, Russia. In June 2006, she married Canadian composer Steve Barakatt. Guests at the wedding included her former teammates Svetlana Khorkina and Ludmila Ezhova.[citation needed]


Grosheva took up gymnastics at the age of five and showed a natural talent for the sport. In 1992, she was sent to Round Lake to train as part of the national team. Her first big competition was the 1994 Junior European Championships and later the same year she went to the World Championships.

In 1996, Grosheva finished second all-around in the Russian Cup and became a member of the Olympic team. At the Olympic Games in Atlanta, the Russian team was in the lead after the compulsories, but in the finals she and her teammates had to compete against the noise from the American crowds and finished second behind the Americans. She placed into vault event finals, but finished a disappointing 7th. Her floor exercise scores had placed her highest among the Russians for event finals, but she was replaced by teammate Dina Kochetkova.

Post-competitive career

After being hampered by injuries Grosheva retired from the sport and joined Cirque du Soleil. In March 2007, she was appointed UNICEF Canada Goodwill Ambassador with her husband.[1]

Competitive history

Year Event Team AA VT UB BB FX
1994 World Championships 3rd 12th
1995 World Championships 4th 21st 7th 8th
1996 Olympic Games 2nd 7th
1997 World Championships 2nd
Year Competition description Location Apparatus Rank-Final Score-Final Rank-Qualifying Score-Qualifying
1997 World Championships Lausanne Team 2 153.197 1 153.401
Vault 40 9.200
Balance beam 16 9.400
Floor exercise 52 8.912
1996 Olympic Games Atlanta Team 2 388.404
All-around 14 77.024
Vault 7 9.637 7 19.500
Uneven bars 47 19.012
Balance beam 21 18.987
Floor exercise WD 8 19.525
1995 World Championships Sabae Team 4 384.689
All-around 21 37.955 13 76.798
Vault 7 9.293 4 19.387
Uneven bars 13 19.362
Balance beam 8 9.562 9 19.312
Floor exercise 37 19.099
1994 World Championships Dortmund Team 3 194.546 4 385.515
Brisbane All-around 12 38.324

See also


  1. "Steve Barakatt to Bring New Symphony as UNICEF Anthem". The Korea Times. October 27, 2009.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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